DSLR cameras, like mirrorless cameras, come with a lens, but do not limit yourself - preferably at least one of the five main types (or preferably several) if photography is of professional interest to you.
However, choosing the right lens can be tricky. When you need to choose a camera, there are many experts who are ready to help you with the choice - some even have ready-made questionnaires, on the basis of which you will find the perfect model for yourself.
All of the listed applications and guides confirm that there is no universal "best" option. Your choice will depend on what kind of photos you plan to shoot the most.
What The Lens - like the photo and get a recommendation
Most lens selection guides assume that the user already has a general understanding of what they areneed to. Designed for hobbyists and non-tech-savvy beginners alike, What The Lens takes a completely different approach: it will recommend a lens based on the photos you like.
First, you will be asked to select the make of camera and the type of photos you are looking for a lens for. Then What The Lens will show you some photos: look and like the ones you like. These should be roughly the same photographs that you plan to take.
After 20 likes, the app will select the lens for your model and provide links to buy on Amazon and Adorama. You can also experiment with different types of photos, or like more photos in a chosen category for a more accurate recommendation.
Lensvana - Detailed Comparison Tables
If you want to compare the performance of multiple lenses for your DSLR camera, you can compare all the data in one neat table. Lensvana provides this capability, coupled with useful additional information.
Catalog of 585 lenses includes all major brands including Stigma andTamron, and provides a table with all the specs that include: mount type, focus, focal length, aperture, closest focusing distance, length, weight, average customer rating, and Amazon price. The amount of information is solid, right up to the tightness and the presence / absence of the image stabilization function.
The list can be filtered by category, mount type, focal length (fixed / variable), or by searching for the characteristics you are interested in. There is no detailed review of the product here, so Lensvana is a kind of preliminary check of lenses for the functions you need.
Lens vs. Lens - comparing photos of two lenses
It's impossible to say for sure how your photos will look with this or that lens before the purchase - that's why making an informed choice can be difficult. Service Lens vs. Lens will help you get an idea of what your photos will look like when taken through a particular lens.
First select the two lenses you want to compare (there is a database of the most popular models on the site, so there should be no problem finding). Immediately you will see a variety of photos taken through the lens of your choice.
Lens vs. Lens allows you to adjust the result based on focus distance and aperture, which can be applied to new photos - just enter the values with which you would like to shoot with your DLSR camera.
Click on the image to enlarge, the mouse wheel can zoom in / out the image. This way, you can make a detailed comparison before making a purchase.
DOF Simulator - How Camera and Lens Work
Photographer Michael Beamowski has created a virtual simulator like Lens vs. Lens: Here you can see how the selected camera and lens will "converge". DOF Simulator is also a Depth of Field (DOF) and bokeh tutorial with a wide range of settings.
Before starting workthe service will ask you to select a camera and lens. When working with a photo, you can select several models (man, woman, child) and backgrounds, the distance from the camera to the model, select the portrait / landscape shooting mode, adjust the focal length, aperture and framing.
The picture is updated in real time, in general, it is a good opportunity to visualize the effects and make an informed choice when buying. Choose your camera and the lens you want to buy and “shoot” as many photos as you want. The more you know about depth of field, the better your photos will be.
Mirrorless Lens Guides
There is no point in buying a DSLR camera if you are not a professional photographer. For beginners, travelers, and just photography enthusiasts, mirrorless cameras will be the best choice. However, the choice of lens can be difficult for them too. We scoured the internet thoroughly and found some great guides.
The website Engadget has published a comprehensive article on what to remember when buying a lens for mirrorless cameras. Each brand has its own lens mounts, especially when it comes to full frame and APS-C cameras. The author will also recommend the best fixed and variable focal length lenses for all major brands. The article is in English, so you will have to use the translator built into the browser.
If you want to jump straight to the top models, be sure to check out the review at Photo District News. It was written a relatively long time ago, but it contains a list of 16 of the best mirrorless lenses, including products from smaller manufacturers like Tokina and Venus Optics.